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The Writer's Center

The Writer's Center is an open membership organization of some 2,500 writers, editors, students, small-press publishers and other artists. We offer workshops year-round for writers of all ages and abilities in fiction, feature writing, essay, memoir, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting, business writing, comedy writing, and a corporate class program that we bring directly into your workplace. Workshops are offered in Bethesda, MD, Arlington, VA, Leesburg, VA, and online.

Calendar of Events
Sep 2Master Novel II: Preparing for Publication (15 sessions)
Sep 5The Elements of Fiction: Plot (online class)
Sep 5Building Your Fire: How to Structure Your Story
Sep 6Dream, Draft, Develop: Follow Your Creative Compass
Sep 6Elements of Fiction: Dialogue
Sep 6Whodunit? How to Write a Mystery
Sep 6Seeing Food, Work, War and Love: A Multicultural View of Poetry (4 sessions)
Sep 7Christine Kitano and Timothy Denevi
Sep 8Establishing Your Online Presence (online class)
Sep 8Writing Short Stories (8 sessions)
Sep 8Collaborating with the Dead: Creative Writing (Poetry) (8 sessions)
Sep 9The Poem Starts HERE! (8 sessions)
Sep 9The Writer's Toolbox (8 sessions)
Sep 9Survival Tips for Parents: The Less-Stress College Essay
Sep 98 Essays/8 Memoirs/8 Weeks (8 sessions)
Sep 9Screenwriting I (4 sessions)
Sep 9Write The Book (8 sessions)
Sep 10My Life, One Story at a Time (6)
Sep 10Mystery and Suspense Writing (6 sessions)
Sep 10The Taste of Memory: Food Writing Workshop (8 sessions)
Sep 11Writing Memoir: Getting Started (6 sessions)
Sep 11Playwriting: Character
Sep 11Fiction II: Story Workshop (8 sessions)
Sep 12Fall for the Book Reading
Sep 13The Novel in You (8 sessions)
Sep 13Fiction II - Writing Compelling Fiction (8 sessions)
Sep 13Poetry as Story: Writing the Narrative Poem
Sep 13Write Like the News
Sep 13Writing the Dreaded Query Letter
Sep 14The Art of Suspense
Sep 15The Extreme Novelist (8 sessions)
Sep 15Poet Lore Celebrates 125 Years of Literary Discovery
Sep 16Memoir Writing Workshop: 8 Weeks (8 sessions)
Sep 16Transitions (6 sessions)
Sep 17Short Story I (8 sessions)
Sep 17Pop! Poetry: from Andy Warhol to Britney Spears (5 sessions)
Sep 17How to Be a Funnier Writer
Sep 18The Force of Poetry (8 sessions)
Sep 18Revision: The Art of Self-Editing (4 sessions)
Sep 18How to Publish Every Day (online class)
Sep 18Playwriting: Dialogue
Sep 19Creating Novel Characters (online class)
Sep 19Personal Essay Workshop
Sep 20Story Writing (4 sessions)
Sep 20Your Best Self on Paper: The College Application Essay
Sep 20Creating Complex Characters
Sep 20The Business of Screenwriting
Sep 20Elements of Fiction: Point of View Boot Camp
Sep 20Young-Adult and New-Adult Fiction: Why the best-seller lists?
Sep 21Grace Cavalieri and Rachel Mennies
Sep 23Poetry II (6 sessions)
Sep 24Fiction I: Character is Plot (and Setting, Point of View, Dialogue and Style) (8 sessions)
Sep 25Playwriting: Exposition
Sep 27See! Hear! Feel! Write!
Sep 27Getting Started: Creative Writing
Sep 27Mythology for Writers II
Sep 28Sue Ellen Thompson and John Gery
Sep 30Flash Fiction (8 sessions)
Sep 30Short Lit. Fiction and Memoir (8 sessions)
Oct 1Advanced Fiction and Memoir (8 sessions)
Oct 2Opening the Field: Introduction to Poetry (8 sessions)
Oct 26 Stories, 6 Weeks (6 sessions)
Oct 2Why Write in Forms--and How? (4 sessions)
Oct 3Agent's Advice to Aspiring Writers
Oct 3Fiction I: Intro to the Novel (online class)
Oct 4Making It Whole: Poetry Chapbook (7 sessions)
Oct 4Playwriting II (8 sessions)
Oct 5Poetry and Prose Open Mic
Oct 6Establishing Your Online Presence (online class)
Oct 6Online Poetry Workshop I (online class)
Oct 7Writing for Young Readers (6 sessions)
Oct 7Poetry Comics (online class)
Oct 7Building a Blockbuster: Screenwriting II (4 sessions)
Oct 7Screenwriting: Character Arc and Dialogue
Oct 7Write Out of Your Genre: Experimenting with New Forms (2 sessions)
Oct 9Moving Beyond Picture Books (6 sessions)
Oct 9Mix It Up: Writing + Art (2 sessions)
Oct 9Tweens Rock the Page (6 sessions)
Oct 11Literary Travel Writing
Oct 11Revision Made Easy
Oct 11Food Writing: Senses and Stories
Oct 11Getting Started in Literary Translation: Your Questions Answered
Oct 11Nonfiction for Children: The Wow Factor
Oct 12Delmarva Review Reading
Oct 13Songwriting Bootcamp (6 sessions)
Oct 13Songwriting 101 (6 sessions)
Oct 15From Working Draft to Final Copy (6 sessions)
Oct 16Fiction II (6 sessions)
Oct 17Writing the War Experience
Oct 18Elements of Fiction: Image Intensive
Oct 18Your Master Metaphor
Oct 18The Art & Craft of Screenwriting
Oct 18Sit, Stay, Write
Oct 18Mysteries, Thrillers, and Suspense--Oh, my!
Oct 18Looking Back, Moving Forward: Writing The Tough Stuff
Oct 19Prosody: An Introduction
Oct 19Ann Hagedorn and Frederick Foote
Oct 21Starting Fantasy Fiction (2 sessions)
Oct 21Fiction II (8 sessions)
Oct 22Translation Studio (4 sessions)
Oct 22Writing From Life (5 sessions)
Oct 23The Poetry Game
Oct 25Life Stories Intensive
Oct 26Howard Feinstein and Adele Levine
Oct 31Fiction II: Intermediate Novel (online class)
Nov 1The Muddle in the Middle
Nov 1The Retold Tale
Nov 1Children's Book Publishing 101
Nov 1How to Get Your Poetry Published
Nov 2Joram Piatigorsky and Enid Shomer
Nov 3Online Poetry Workshop II (online class)
Nov 4Poetry Primer (4 sessions)
Nov 4Screenwriting II: Marketing Your Screenplay (4 sessions)
Nov 5Developing the High-Concept Novel (3 sessions)
Nov 5Poetry I (4 sessions)
Nov 5How to Break into Travel Writing with a Story that Sells (4 sessions)
Nov 6Break Through Writer's Block and Fill Your Empty Notebooks (2 sessions)
Nov 8Imagination in the Americas: Six Modern and Contemporary Poets (6 sessions)
Nov 8Getting Started: Creative Writing (2 sessions)
Nov 8A House Made of Memory: Constructing Memoir with Scene, Summary and Musing
Nov 8Seeing Food, Work, War and Love: A Multicultural View of Poetry (4 sessions)
Nov 8Washington Writers' Publishing House Reading
Nov 8Scenes You Can't Live Without
Nov 8Using Music and Sound Elements in Poetry (Bethesda)
Nov 8Wouldn't Touch It With A Ten-Foot Pole: How To Avoid Cliché
Nov 9Undiscovered Voices Fellowship Recipients
Nov 10The Writing Staycation
Nov 11Creative Nonfiction II (6 sessions)
Nov 13The Poetry Game: Peace Version
Nov 15Historical Fiction for the 21st-Century
Nov 15Adventures in Syntax
Nov 16Karen Thompson Walker
Nov 22The Art & Craft of Screenwriting
Dec 3REQUIRED READING: Essential Guides to Creative Writing and the Creative Life
Dec 6The Self-Publication Experiment
Dec 6Fictionalize Your Life In One Afternoon!
Dec 6The Fabric of Fiction: Writing Description and Setting
Dec 6Mythology for Writers III
Dec 7Turning Points: The Role of the Volta in Poetry
Dec 9Screenwriting II/III (4 sessions)

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The Writer's Center
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815
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